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People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Student Design Competition

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
12:00 am

EPA’s P3 Program
P3 stands for People, Prosperity and the Planet. Through this EPA program, teams of college students can benefit people, promote prosperity and protect the planet by designing environmental solutions that move us toward a sustainable future. Since 2004, the P3 program has involved more than 4,000 students and funded over 781 projects, at 318 institutions in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

Phases of the P3 Program
The P3 Program consists of two distinct, yet related phases. Phase I is a competition for one-year grants of up to $25,000 to test, research, and develop innovative scientific projects or engineering designs that promote development, and often serves as a proof of concept for research ideas. The final report for Phase I projects serves not only as a report on Phase I findings, but also as a Phase II proposal (should teams choose to apply).

Phase II awards are only open to the interdisciplinary student teams that received a Phase I grant the previous year. These grants fund up to $100,000 to further the development and demonstration of the projects/designs created in Phase I. In both phases, recipients use the money to research and develop their projects during the academic year.

National Student Design Expo
National Student Design Expo (NSDE) is an annual event that takes place in the Spring and features the P3 teams’ designs developed with Phase I funding. The event serves not only to showcase the teams’ innovative ideas and solutions to environmental challenges, but it also creates professional collaboration opportunities by connecting these emerging scientists and engineers with experts from other EPA programs, government agencies, and advanced tech companies. Additional event benefits include public education and participation, research review, and scientific networking opportunities.

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